Note: When booking your travel and hotel reservations please remember that the Opening Reception is being held on Wednesday, May 1 this year. The main INSAR 2019 educational sessions run from Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4, 2019. On Saturday sessions end at 3:30 pm. View the preliminary INSAR 2019 schedule to see a list of INSAR events being held during the day on Wednesday, May 1 and also an INSAR supported Autism Neuroimaging Workshop on Tuesday, April 30. This workshop has a separate registration from the Annual Meeting. View the workshop website for details.
All attendees should fly into Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (https://www.admtl.com/en) located approximately 20 km (12 miles) from Downtown Montréal.
Options from the Airport to Downtown Montréal:
The 747 bus line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal (corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine - Berri-UQAM station). Travel time takes between 45 and 70 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The cost is $10.00 each way (Canadian Funds). Fares can be purchased from the automated dispensers on the international arrivals level. The $10 fare can also be paid in cash with exact change on board the bus. Only coins are accepted
Taxis are readily available outside the arrivals area at the airport. The cost to the downtown area is $41.00 (Canadian Funds). Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Some drivers accept U.S. currency but provincial regulations require customers to pay in Canadian currency.
Limousines are readily available outside the arrivals area at the airport. The cost to the downtown area is $58.00 to $63.00 (Canadian Funds). Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Some drivers accept U.S. currency but provincial regulations require customers to pay in Canadian currency.
Cost of an Uber is between $31-41.00 (Canadian Funds). Please be aware the Uber Site in Montreal may be in French.
Attendees are responsible to determine if they need a visa to attend the event in Canada. General information and helpful links can be found on the Visit Canada page of the Canadian government website.
Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing their visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.
Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.
Request an invitation letter from INSAR for your visa application (allow 3 business days).
Additional information provided to INSAR by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada:
Electronic Applications (e-Apps):
• This system allows clients to submit applications online.
• Delegates that choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until requested to do so by a visa officer.
• The visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.
Submission at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) (In person or by mail):
• VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
• VACs provide a number of services to clients, including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete.
• Reduces unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.
• VACs serve as a collection point for applicants required to provide a biometric.
• VACs send applications to visa offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner.
• VACs do not process visa applications and have no decision-making authority.
NEW – Biometrics (Global Expansion)
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics as soon as summer 2018:
• Starting July 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and
• Starting December 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
For additional information on whether or not you require a biometric, please refer to our fast facts about Biometrics.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.
If you have technical questions about uploading documents to the IRCC visa application website, see information here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=799&top=23.